Competition: Win Will Torrent’s new book, Chocolate at Home

December 16 2014

Here’s a chance to win a copy of Will Torrent’s splendid new book, Chocolate at Home. The book, which featured in our round up of recommended ideas for Chocolate Christmas Presents, is beautifully presented and includes recipes for delights such as treats such as Salted Brown Sugar Caramel Truffles, Billionaire’s Shortbread and Chocolate Waffles. To win a copy of Chocolate at Home, published by Ryland, Peters & Small, simply answer […]

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Festive Chocolate Feasting

December 16 2014

With Christmas and New Year holidays coming up, now is the perfect time to stock up with chocolate treats. Chocolate, of course, is among the pleasures of Christmas, from the foil-wrapped chocolate coins in the toe of the stocking to the chocolate roulade on the sideboard. Nowadays, more than ever, chocolate-lovers are spoilt for choice when it comes to chocolate indulgences to enjoy over the festive season. With those traditional […]

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Choco Christmas Gifts: Present ideas for chocolate lovers this Christmas

December 2 2014

If you’re at a loss at what to buy for presents this Christmas, draw inspiration from the creative world of British chocolate. Gold and silver foil-wrapped chocolate coins are, of course, a Christmas stocking staple but there are is a wealth of witty chocolate novelties to choose from. Hotel Chocolat offers a Christmas Jumper anyone would be pleased to receive – as it’s in the form of a milk chocolate […]

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The Mighty Bûches

November 28 2014

Valrhona, the French chocolate company, is highly regarded within the world of pastry chefs both for their high-quality chocolate and, importantly,  for the practical support and training the company offers to patissiers working with their chocolate.  This Christmas, Valrhona has teamed up with twelve leading UK pastry chefs at establishments including hotels, restaurants and patisseries in a project showcasing both their considerable pastry skills and the scope offered by chocolate. […]

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Review: Paul A Young Seasonal Selection

November 26 2014

Some folk love winter: the chance to go for bracing walks, to cosy up by the fire, to snuggle under woollen blankets, and to drink a tot of brandy or three, are all part of the season’s appeal. I have to confess that I’m not one of those people. For me, the only saving grace of the cold is the food. Pot roasts, meaty slow-cooked stews, sturdy puds, warming spices, […]

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An appetising taste of Akesson’s chocolate

November 21 2014

The rise of high-end chocolate shops in London is a sign of the interest in quality chocolate in the UK. In recent years, talented chocolatiers, such as Paul A Young, have opened shops in the capital, while Alexeeva & Jones curates and showcases fine chocolate from an array of chocolate makers and chocolatiers. The arrival of Akesson’s chocolate shop in Notting Hill, however, represents something different – a direct route […]

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